Baesel graduated from the Juilliard School of Drama. He has appeared in various national television spots and guest starred in The District and CBS's Cold Case. He had a recurring role on ABC's science fiction drama Shaun Cassidy's Invasion, playing the one-armed deputy Lewis Sirk. Baesel is a founding member of NY-based Theater Mitu and he performs regularly for South Coast Repertory. He also starred in the horror movie Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. He starred in the post-apocalyptic film 20 Years After.